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What is a good term to denote someone who is obsessed with, or erudite in, geography?

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    Perhaps a cartophile? That's not in my dictionary, but it feels ripe for coining even if it does not in fact exist. – Robusto Dec 16 '10 at 21:22
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    @Robusto: but wouldn't cartophile only imply an obsession with maps in particular? – Jimi Oke Dec 16 '10 at 23:39
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    This should be asked on the GIS forum, where the geographils hang out. – MickeyfAgain_BeforeExitOfSO Dec 17 '10 at 1:01
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    I think the properly constructed word would be geographomaniac (γεω = Earth, γράφειν = write, μανία = madness, frenzy, enthusiasm). – RegDwigнt Dec 17 '10 at 9:39
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    Being obsessed with something and being erudite in it are two rather different things, as far as naming it is concerned. – Toothrot Jun 10 '19 at 20:08
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Geographer.

Geographer on Wikipedia: A geographer is a scientist whose area of study is geography, the study of Earth's physical environment and human habitat.

I'd suggest that, while this doesn't exactly apply to obsessives, it certainly would apply to the erudite and those who are generally very interested in geography.

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Geographile (deprecated) or Geographophile!

If one is going to create a word, one might as well go for the more direct route.

While I couldn't find a respected source for this nonce word (Geographile), a Google search did result in >12k results (likely, in part, to several social media platforms having a user with this moniker.)

Geographophile, on the other hand, produced exactly "About 7 results" from Google, but may be the more correct, if rarer, nonce word.

Use either at your own pleasure / risk. :-)

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  • are you a haplographile? – Toothrot Jun 10 '19 at 20:02
  • @Toothrot - Why the downvote? And, no, not to my knowledge. Why? Do you believe I misspelled Geographile? Or are you just generally dissatisfied with the notion of nonce words? – MrWonderful Jun 10 '19 at 20:15
  • because it would have had to be geographophile; you committed a haplography. though I'm unsure if geographophile would refer to a lover of geography or of geographers or if it could refer to both. – Toothrot Jun 10 '19 at 20:16
  • @Toothrot - I defer to your superior knowledge in this matter. Thanks! 👍 – MrWonderful Jun 10 '19 at 20:48
  • @Toothrot - Sorted! – MrWonderful Jun 10 '19 at 20:55

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